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Signed in medium, bottom left: H. Sugimoto. Written on back: Self Portrait/ Painted this portrait 1931/ 1931 / (In Japanese) Pari nite / Henry Sugimoto. Stretched and framed. Self portrait of Henry Sugimoto. Artist has depicted himself in õ profile, at left, with a blank canvas in front of him on an easel, at right. A potbelly stove is visible between the two in the background. Sugimoto wears a black beret and a red jacket with collar up over a white shirt. He gazes out directly at viewer. This image is the only self-portrait known to have been painted by Henry Sugimoto during his stay in France. Sitting before a blank canvas, he wears a fashionable French beret. Sugimoto wore a beret throughout his life as a symbol of his identity as an artist.